Mozambique Initiative To Conduct Microbicide Research

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Mozambiqueon Monday launched the first phase of an initiative that will conductmicrobicide research at the Manhica HealthResearch Center,according to state media, the South African Press Association reports(South African Press Association, 12/18). Microbicides include arange of products -- such as gels, films and sponges -- that could help preventthe sexual transmission of HIV and other infections (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/4).

According to the South African Press Association, Mozambiquewill establish clinical testing centers for microbicide research next year andconduct studies as part of the initiative. Sibone Mucumbi, a physician involvedin the initiative, said that 500 women from the Manhica district and Maputo in Mozambiquewill be recruited for a 52-week study at MHRC. The initiative -- introduced bythe Community Development Foundation in partnership with Eduardo Mondlane University, Manhica Health Research Center and the Microbicides Development Programme -- aims to increase the country'sefforts to fight HIV/AIDS, the South African Press Associationreports.

Graca Machel, president of the Foundation for Community Development, said shehopes the initiative will succeed much like a previous project that focused on malariaresearch did. MHRC "has shown to the world that Mozambicans have acapacity to contribute in the fight against health problems," Machel said,adding, "The recent success in researching for vaccines to fight malariain children is a good example" (South African Press Association,12/18).

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